Red Fort


Although there are many places to visit in Delhi, but the Red Fort is something else. Every year on the occasion of Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India hosts the flag at the Red Fort and addresses the country. This time, the sight of the Red Fort on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day was amazing. If you are coming to Delhi for the first time or you have not been to the Red Fort despite being in Delhi, then definitely include it in your list.

Historically important Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan. It was named Red Fort because it was made of red colored sandstone. Inside it are memorabilia buildings of Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Hamam, Naubat Khana, Heera Mahal and Shahi Burj. The construction of the Red Fort took about 10 years. It was built between 1638 and 1648 and was then named Qila-e-Mubarak.

The Red fort appears on the back of the ₹500 note of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series of the Indian rupee.

Every Indian Independence Day since 1947, the national flag is unfurled and the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts. The Delhi Gate is the southern public entrance and in layout and appearance similar to the Lahori Gate. Two life-size stone elephants on either side of the gate face each other.

Why is red fort famous?

After Shahjahanabad’s departure from the Mughal capital Agra, the Red Fort was built as the new seat of the Mughal Empire. This fort is made of red sandstone, which took about 10 years to complete the boundary wall. Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last Mughal emperor to rule the Red Fort. Subsequently, the British occupied India.

Red Fort of Delhi
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Basic Information About Red Fort
LocationNetaji Subhash Marg, New Delhi
Nearest Metro StationChandni Chowk Metro Station
Closed on Monday
TimingSunrise to Sunset
Entry FeesRs.35 (Indians); Rs.550 (Foreigners)
Sound and Light ShowsRs.80 (adults); Rs.20 (Children)

Things to see in Red Fort

  • Marvel at the Wonderful architecture and the intricate design of the structure and the pavillions.
  • Rest at the beautiful and well-manicured garden which bring about a serenity to the site.
  • Explore the various setting within like the bath area, sleeping room and the various halls where the royalty used to entertain private visitors.
  • Many Mahals like the Mumtaz Mahal, Khas Mahal and Rang Mahal are interesting places to look into.
  • Enjoy the show in the evenings which are specially orchestrated for visitors.
  • Shop at the local Markets or buy trinkets from the hawkers who are found nearby.
  • There are wide range of culinary options in the area which range from regional to fast food.

Interesting Facts About Red Fort

  • The Red Fort is a famous tourist destination in India. Its beautiful architecture and its own historical importance attracts tourists visiting here.
  • This huge fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, when he shifted the capital from Agra to Delhi.
  • The chief architects of this fort were Ustad Ahmad and Ustad Hamid. This fort was called Qila-e-Mubarak at the time of Mughal rule.
  • This fort is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. A huge wall was built around it to protect it from external attacks. Its wall is made of red stone. Due to which it is called Red Fort.
  • There are many beautiful buildings inside the Red Fort like Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Rangmahal, Moti Masjid, Mayur Throne. The Kohinoor diamond was a part of the Peacock throne which the British took with them.
  • Every year on 15 August, on the special occasion of India’s Independence Day, the Prime Minister of the country delivers his speech at the fort.
  • Let us tell you that in the year 2007 it was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO.
Red Fort Delhi
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Red Fort Delhi Light And Sound Show In Hindi

Light and Sound Show – Lal Qila is an hour-long audio tour that gives you information about the history of Delhi and is organized in the Red Fort. In this one-hour-long audio tour you are told about the history of the Mughal emperors and the many leaders who fought for Indian independence.

Nearby Attractions

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit the Red Fort is between October to March, if you are going after March, then let us tell you that this time is of hot summer. In summer, the temperature of Delhi reaches around 40 ° C. By the end of August, the monsoon season begins. So it is not a good choice to visit the Red Fort after March.

How to Reach

The nearest metro station of the Red Fort is Chandni Chowk Metro Station Yellow Line. It is at a distance of 1 kilometer from the Red Fort and from here you cannot go either on foot or else you can take an auto rickshaw from Chandni Chowk to the Red Fort.


Online Ticket Booking

If you have made a plan, then you can book online ticket of Red Fort through ASI Monuments.